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Department of Social Work

Dr. Mary Venus Joseph

Designation : Dean (Research)

Qualification : Ph D

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Dr. Mary Venus Joseph, Dean (Research) holds a Doctorate in Social Work from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She had her school and college level education from Chennai and joined Rajagiri college of Social Sciences during 1981.She served as the Vice Principal of the College from 2015-2011.Upon her official retirement in 2011 she was appointed as the Dean and Administrator with an independent charge of Kalamassery campus. She has 32 years of teaching experience at Post Graduate level and has presented papers in National and International seminars. She was a visiting International Scholar at the Western Michigan University, USA. She has published a book titled “Mental Health in Classroom” and various articles in professional journals. She is an approved Ph. D Guide in Social Work under the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She is a US Fulbright scholar. She has been awarded the Fr. T.A. Mathias Memorial Award established by All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) during 2007. She was the Chair of the South Asia Working Group of the International Council of Social Welfare.

  • Ph. D. in Social Work (Child Mental Health), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (1999)
  • MBA , IGNOU, New Delhi, (2010) )
  • Post Grad Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmadabad (2007) )
  • MA - Ecology & Environment- Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment ,Delhi,( 2000) )
  • Post Graduate Diploma – Training & Development – ISTD, New Delhi ( 2000) )
  • M.A. (Women Studies), Alagappa University, Karaikudi, TN ( 1998) )
  • M.A. (Social Work), Stella Maris College, Chennai (1978) )
  • Teaching - Engaged in teaching in the Department of Social Work since 1984 onwards
  • Training - 2 years as Head, Middle Level Training Centre for ICDS Supervisors of Kerala State(1982-84)
  • International Social Work
  • Child Mental Health
  • School Social Work
  • Intervention research
  • Mental health of the elderly women
  • Family Life Education
  • National Mapping & Review Of Child Care Institutions & other Homes in Kerala state ,Ministry of WCD & National Child line( 2016)
  • UGC Major Research Project on Domestic Violence. – 2009- 2011
  • Performance evaluation of Jagratha Samities by KILA, Thrissur – April to July 2009
  • Ongoing UGC major research project on Domestic Violence – 2009
  • Furthering Justice Delivery Standards For Children - An in depth training Need Assessment Of the Functionaries Of JJ System in The State of Kerala , Sponsored by UNICEF, conducted by Legal Assistance Forum, Kochi in Association with Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, 2008
  • Gender Impact Assessment for Save a Family Plan, India, 2008
  • Completed UGC Major Research Project on Sexual Abuse in Children – January 2005 to June 2006
  • Zonal Advisor (South Zone – Kerala and Andhra Pradesh) - National Study on Child Abuse organised by PRAYAS in Collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India and supported by UNICEF and Save the Children Fund, UK.,(2005-2006)
  • Nodal Person, State Coordinating Agency (SCA) for the National Mapping & Review Of CCIs & other Homes in Kerala state.
  • Director, Child line , Nodal Agency, Ernakulam District
  • Hon. Coordinator ,State level Training centre for ICDS functionaries-,
  • President ,Chavara Elias Voluntary Association ( CEVA )
  • Chief Consultant, Annual project Implementation Plan ,ICDS, State Social Justice Department
  • Consultant, State level Institution for Monitoring ICDS Scheme in Kerala State
  • External member - Complaints committee on Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place.- Malayala Manoama, Kochi, BSES – Kochi, Xerox, Info park.

Chapter in Ed.Book :

  • Mary Venus Joseph (2014) Poverty in India. European and Global Contexts of Poverty in the period of Social and Demographic transformations of the Society Educatt, Milano pg-66-77
  • .Nycil Romis Thomas and Mary Venus Joseph (2014).Family strength predictors of Adolescent Life satisfaction: A strength based study done in Kerala in Social Work Practice in Mental Health Cross- cultural Perspectives (ed) Allied publishers.
  • Mary Venus Joseph (2008). “Impact of child mental health orientation on school teachers- Research Methods for Social Work” – Rawat Publications

Articles :

  • Karalam S.R.B, Joseph M.V. (2013). Adolescent adjustment: a social work intervention study. Global Academic Society Journal: Social Science Insight, Vol. 6, No. 16, pp. 75-87. ISSN 2029-0365. []
  • Joseph Mary Venus (2013) “Poverty in India” – European and Global Contexts of Poverty in the period of Social and Demographic transformations of the Society – Catholic University of Ruzomberok, pp.132 – 145
  • Mary Venus Joseph, Sheeja Remani Balakrishnan Karalam (2009) Subjective well being of adolescent girls in the children’s home: case of Thrissur district, Kerala, India - Global Academic Society Journal: Social Science Insight Vol. 2, No. 10, year 2009, pp. 4-10 ;
  • Sreedhanya Hari Thekkedath, Mary Venus Joseph (2009) Social support system and well being of elderly women- Indian context - Global Academic Society Journal: Social Science Insight - Vol. 2, No. 9, year 2009, pp. 17-32 ;
  • Mary Venus Joseph & Jilly John (2008) Impact of parenting styles on child development. Global Academic Society Journal: Social Science Insight, Vol. 1, No. 5, pp. 16-25. ISSN 2029-0365,
  • Joseph Mary Venus (2005) Diversity in Women with Disabilities - International journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations (CG publishers- Australia)
  •  for Caregivers of Head and Neck Cancer Patients; An experimental initiative from India. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) Volume 19, Issue 4, Ver. VI (Apr. 2014), PP 15-22 e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845
  • Rathna kumari, Mary Venus Joseph, Sulekha, Chandrasekhar(2014) Psycho social needs of the care givers of the children with disabilities - a qualitative study in a rural community of Karnataka. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) Volume 19, Issue 9, Ver. IV (Sep. 2014), PP 47-51 e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845.
  • Rathna kumari and Mary Venus Joseph (2014). “Family Burden on Parents of the Children with Cerebral Palsy: Effectiveness of the Family Centered Psycho-Social Intervention Programme” IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) Volume 19, Issue 5, Ver. I (May. 2014), PP 51-54 e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845.
  • Nycil Romis Thomas and Mary Venus Joseph (2013) .Positive Adolescent development: Relevance of family Interventions”. Rajagiri journal of Social development,5(2):115-134
  • Francina .P.X. and Mary Venus Joseph (2013)”Women Empowerment: The Psychological Dimension”. Rajagiri journal of Social development, 5 (2):163-176
  • iji George & Mary Venus Joseph (2012) Empowerment of Institutionalised Unwed Mothers through Life Skills Training, Indian Journal of LIfe Skills education, Vol.3, No.2,
  • Mary Venus Joseph, Sheeja Remani Balakrishnan Karalam (2011). Social Work Research in Child Welfare Settings: Quasi-Experimental Research- Professional Social Work – Best Practices and Innovations in Teaching, Research and Extension- Authors Press
  • Mary Venus Joseph (2007). “Child Sexual Abuse: Effects on Victim and Legislative Measure” - Rajagiri Journal of Social Development
  • Mary Venus Joseph (2005). “Peace and Social Work Education” – Rajagiri Journal of Social Development,.
  • Mary Venus Joseph (2002). Child Mental Health – Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum, January-June 2002

Book Review

  • Victims of Social Injustice: A Study of Women Landless Labourers – by Hajira Kumar and Jaimon Varghese, 2008

Article Reviews of the Journal-International Social work

  • Cyber Youth Work in Hong Kong - Specific and Yet the Same
  • A comparative study of adolescent pregnancy: Czech Republic and Bulgaria (2013
  • Giving a Voice to the Unheard’? Is Female Youth (15-24) Suicide linked to restricted access to family planning? Comparing Two Catholic Continents, ISW (2011)
  • The Relationship between Attachment and Career Maturity: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy, ISW, (2011)
  • International Scientific Congress:European and Global contexts of poverty in the period of Social and Demographic changes organised by Catholic university in Ruzemberok, Slovakia,2011
  • World Congress of Catholic Universities organized by Catholic university of Avila, Spain from 12th to 14th August 2011.
  • National workshop on “Social Networking and Legal Awareness for NGO’s” on February 19, 2010 organised by ICSW International South Asia Regional Working Group in association with Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights- BSEHR, Dacca,Bangladesh.
  • One day seminar on Social Development in Maldives and Role of NGO's on November 21, 2009 organised by ICSW International South Asia Regional Working Group in association with Hoadedhdhoo Association for Development (HAD), Maldives
  • National Consultative Workshop on “Civil Society Participation in Social Development on 30th September 2009 organised by ICSW, New Delhi.
  • One day seminar on “Peace and Social Development- Role of People Based Organizations (PBO's) at Colombo on 2nd, September, 2009 organised by ICSW International South Asia Regional Working Group in association with Free Trade Union Development Centre, Colombo , Srilanka
  • Consultation workshop on Local and Global Social Welfare : Role of Civil Society in Nepal” on 12th and 13th July 2009 organised by SUTRA Centre for Development Education and Research & Department of Social Work, Kadambari Memorial College of Science and Management, Nepal
  • Supervisory and Advisory Board meeting of the International Council of Social Welfare” on 27th to 29th June 2009 at ICSW, Johannesburg, S. Africa
  • Member – International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • Life Member – National Association of Professional Social Work( NAPSWI )
  • Life Member – People’s Council for Social Justice
  • Member- Women Power Connect, New Delhi
  • Life Member – Indian Red Cross Society
  • Life Member, International Shalom Club, Israel
  • Life Member – Y.W.C.A.
  • Life Member – Indian Association of Women Studies
  • Life Member – Indian Council for Social Welfare
  • Visited selected universities in Washington, Philadelphia and New York as part of the 2012-13 US Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar during October-November,2012.
  • Slovakia - Attended the International Scientific Congress on“European and Global Context of Poverty in the Period of Social and Demographic Social Changes” organised by Catholic University in Ruzomberok, from 4th to 5th September, 2012 and presented a paper on “Poverty in Indian Context”
  • Switzerland - Resource person for the Summer University in Social Work 2012 held at Lausanne, Switzerland from 4th to 8th July 2012,organised by University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland.
  • Presented a paper at the First World congress of Catholic Universities to be held at Avila, Spain, from 12th to 15th,August 2011
  • As a Chair, South Asia Working Group of International Council on Social Welfare- 2009-2010, attended Supervisory and Advisory Board meeting of the International Council on Social Welfare held at Johannesburg, South Africa from 26th to29th June 2009.
  • Organised series of ICSW National level workshops in the following countries of the South Asia Region
    • Nepal - 12th to 13th July 2009
    • Colombo, Srilanka - 2nd, September, 2009
    • Maldives on 21st November 2009
    • Bangladesh – 19th February 2010
  • Presented a paper in the Conference on Violence against Women: Diversifying Social Response-organised by RESOVI-Interdisciplinary -Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence against women (CRI-VIFF), Canada, October 2006
  • Participated in the International Cooperation Days organized by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), October 2006
  • Held Academic collaboration discussions with the following universities (October – November 2006)
    • Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
    • York University, Toronto, Canada,
    • Kingston University, London, UK
    • Katholeike University, Belgium
    • Ghent University, Belgium
    • Lille University, France
  • Faculty Exchange Programme to Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, February, 2006.
  • International Faculty Exchange Programme with Western Michigan University, USA from April to June 2002.
  • Presented a paper at the International conference on social sciences and development of society Kuwait University, college of social Sciences, 10-12, April, 2001.
  • Attended a Training programme on Early Childhood Care and Development organized by Embassy of Israel at Haifa, Israel, 2000
  • Represented YWCA of India at the Asian Conference on Reproductive Health at Colombo, 1993